Catching Up with Martin O’Malley on Nuclear Weapons Policy
Last May, I talked to former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley about nuclear weapons. He advocated reducing the number of nuclear weapons, which was great. He didn’t have much to say about current plans to develop a new whole generation of nuclear delivery vehicles and warheads.
Today the Governor did a house party in Concord. He had some very good things to say about meeting the needs of American families and about prison reform. I took the opportunity to give him a packet of information showing that while the number of nuclear weapons is slated to fall somewhat under the New Start Treaty, total spending is skyrocketing due to nuclear weapons "modernization." Moreover, many analysts think the newly-designed warheads will be destabilizing.
The articles I gave him included “The Unaffordable Arsenal,” published by the Arms Control Association and “The Growing US Nuclear Threat,” published by the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability. It’s really worth looking at the executive summaries of these reports. I hope Governor O’Malley does so.